Quark Expeditions Secures Rapid PCR Testing for Pre-Boarding & Onboard Screenings

Anna Kroupina, Open Jaw

Quark Expeditions has secured rapid onsite PCR testing capability as part of its S.A.F.E. COVID Policy, designed to protect travellers' health when expedition travel resumes.


All Quark guests will be tested for COVID-19 before boarding, with rapid test results received within 60 minutes.


Not to be confused with a rapid antigen test, the rapid COVID test is like the standard PCR COVID test that uses a nasal swab to collect mucus and determine whether or not the virus is present. However, unlike other tests which take three to five days to get a result, rapid PCR testing allows you to get your results the same day as the test is administered.


"The ship-based travel industry has had a difficult time bouncing back from this global pandemic," said Andrew White, President of Quark Expeditions. "To protect guests and crew from COVID-19 when normal operations resume, we've adopted rapid onsite PCR testing capability that's recognized around the world as the gold standard of COVID testing. We're committed to reducing the risk of a COVID outbreak and get people back to exploring the remote, naturally social-distanced Polar Regions."


Click here to learn more about Quark’s S.A.F.E. COVID Policy.

Anna Kroupina

Anna Kroupina Journalist

Anna is OJ's newest member and she joins the team as a writer/reporter. She co-writes the daily news and covers events. Although she's new to the industry, pursuing a career path in travel/tourism has been a goal since her first family road trip to the Florida Keys sparked a desire to discover the world and this exhilarating, fast-paced industry.

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